Scarves have been staples in men’s wardrobes for well over 2,000 years. The world’s militaries have used them as rank insignia and unit designators forever, because they’re handsome and they offer neck protection against all types of weather spanning the biting cold to strong winds and sand storms. You may not be going to fight a battle, but you can still choose good style… and here is how you can start.
Altiplano Alpaca Scarf (Nau, $98): This oversized scarf adds comfort and coverage without the bulk, so you can move freely and keep warm.
Stripe & Block Print Scarf (Tommy Bahama, $98): Despite the brand’s recognition for summertime wear, their block print silk scarf with fringed trim is made for cooler temperatures without sacrificing style.
Ombré Stripe Wool Scarf (Nordstrom, $49): Bold ombré stripes are a major upgrade to the standard color block scarf. And this wool one finished with a soft fringe can be worn with black, brown, navy and everything in between.
Cashmere Scarf (Ralph Lauren, $158): Every man should own at least one cashmere scarf. This one made in Italy is lightweight, so it’ll take you from fall, winter and all the way through to spring. In other words: It’s worth bending your budget.
Modal Paisley Scarf (John Varvatos, $198): Real men wear paisley. When you don’t want to look like the Abominable Snowman, this ultra lightweight scarf is ideal for wearing over sleeker jackets.
Polka Dot Scarf (Brooks Brothers, $118): You never knew you even liked polka dots, but wool and polka dots go together like men and scarves—they just look nice.